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12 S T U F F • 2 0 2 1 • StuffMadeinMA.com F ire Equipment Inc. (FEI) has seen a complete evolution of fire protection services and technology since the company was founded in 1928 when Harold Deever noticed a need for fire extinguishers in Boston. Headquartered in Medford with six branches, including its newest Worcester office, FEI designs and installs suppression systems that fit the unique safety and fire prevention needs of their clients. "We are the first line of defense," said Brian Murphy, FEI president and CEO. Two families, one legacy After Deever started the business, originally known as The Lux Fire Equipment Co., his son, Jack, took over the company. While Jack was an expert in suppression systems, business management was not his forte. In 1969, Russell Murphy became Jack's partner and eventually acquired FEI, marking him the first Murphy generation to lead the company. After working his way up from a shop technician, Russell's son R. William Murphy became president of FEI in 1996 before retiring in March. The company remains a family affair as R. William's children lead the organization with Brian as CEO, Kerryn, as contracts manager, and Doug, as vice president of finance. Longevity in business is rare, but it is especially rare among third generation business, said Brian. Sparking innovation Fire suppression systems made and built in Central Mass. save lives and make fighting fires easier B Y S L OA N E M . P E R R O N 2% Rise in the number of U.S. manufacturing employees since 2009 P H O T O | E D D C O T E Millbury firefighters gather around a fire in town. 41% Increase in the average annual salary of a Worcester County construction employee from 2008 to 2020

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